From Nijo Castle to Fushimi Inari Shrine


1. Overview

How to get to Fushimi Inari Shrine from Nijo Castle ?

Visitors Question

You can go (1) by Kyoto City Subway + Keihan Railway or (2) by Walk + JR line.

Locals Answer

The recommended way to Fushimi Inari Shrine from Nijo Castle is (1) by Kyoto City Subway + Keihan Railway, or (2) by Walk + JR line.

The map below is the overview of the routes, time and fare.

From Nijo Castle to Fushimi Inari Shrine, firstly please head for each station (Kyoto City Subway or JR line).

The locations of those stations are separated, and station names are also different.
(Kyoto City Subway : Nijojo-maeJR line : Nijo)

Subway Nijojo-mae station is just beside the castle (2 minutes’ walk).

JR Nijo station is a little bit away from the castle (12 minutes’ walk).

The map below shows the way to each station from Nijo Castle.


By JR line, it is lower fare. But you need more walk.
By Subway & Keihan Railway, it is faster.

Both of them have pros and cons.
So, please choose your way referring to the examples of times and fares below.

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How long & how much does it take from Nijo Castle to Fushimi Inari Shrine after all ?

 By Subway & Keihan Railway ,  it takes in total about 35  to 40 minutes including walking & transfer time. (¥440).
Subway trains are operated a lot, and Keihan trains are operated every 10 minutes.
Please transfer at subway Sanjo-Keihan station to Keihan Railway Sanjo station (2 miutes).
From the arrival Keihan Fushimi Inari station to the shrine, it takes about 5 minutes’ walk.

 By JR line , it takes about 45 to 50 minutes including walking & Transfer time (¥200).
Firstly, you need 12 minutes’ walk to Nijo station.
Trains are
 operated almost every 15 minutes.
You need to change trains on the way at Kyoto Station (from Sagano line to Nara line)
So, it takes more time than you thought.
From the arrival JR Inari station, it takes about 2 minutes’ walk.
If you have any Japan Rail Pass, JR line is recommened.

The following sections are the details of each way.

2. By Kyoto City Subway + Keihan Railway for Fushimi Inari Shrine

Kyoto City Subway Nijojo-mae station is located just beside the Nijo Castle.

When you get out of the main gate of the castle, please turn right and cross the crosswalk, then subway station entrance (Exit 1) is on your right. It takes 2 minute from the main gate. (please refer to the map in the previous section)

For Fushimi Inari Shrine, you need to transfer at Subway Sanjo-Keihan station for Keihan Railway.

The followings are the details.

1. Take any Subway Trains at Track No.2.

For Fushimi Inari Shrine, take any subway trains at track No.2 bound for Rokujizo or Biwako Hama-Otsu station.

The trains are operated a lot, more than 10 times per hour.

2. Get off at Subway Sanjo-Keihan Station, and Transfer.

In about 5 or 6 minutes, trains arrive at Sanjo-Keihan station, the 3rd stop from Nijojo-mae station.

After getting out of the ticket gate, turn right, and head for Keihan Railway Sanjo Station ticket gate.

Keep walking on the underground passage (2 minutes’ walk).

Soon, you come to Keihan Railway Sanjo station, also located under the ground.

Ticket gates will be on your both sides, but the diagonally left one, the Central ticket gate is better for Fushimi Inari.

3. Take local, sub-express or express trains at Track 3 or 4.

Please make sure of the correct platform and train type by notice board.

Trains for Fushimi Inari depart from track No.3 or 4, bound for Osaka, Yodoyabashi or Nakanoshima.

Only local, sub-express and express trains stop at Fushimi Inari station.
Mainly sub-express trains are operated in the daytime.

4. Get off at Fushimi Inari Sta.

In 10 minutes’ ride, trains arrive at Fushimi Inari station.

After getting off, please walk to forward direction, and head for the ticket gate, located at the end of the platform.

5. The way to Fushimi Inari Shrine from Keihan station.

After getting out of the ticket gate, please walk to the left. as the signboard shows.

Please walk along the street, and go through JR crossing and the Torii-gate ahead.

This is the Torii-gate.

In 2 minutes after going through the first Torii-gate, finally you come to the two-storied gate and main shrine (hall) of Fushimi Inari.

From Keihan Fushimi Inari station, it takes 5 minutes’ walk to the main shrine (hall), and about 9 minutes’ walk to the most popular place called “Senbon Torii” in Japanese, meaning thousands of Torii gates in English.

3. By Walk + JR (Sagano line & Nara line) for Fushimi Inari Shrine.

The nearest station of JR (Sagano line) from Nijo Castle is Nijo, located about 12 minutes’ walk to the west from the castle. (refer to the map). You need more walk and time compared with the route via Subway and Keihan Railway.

But, the fare is only ¥200 for an adult, and the nearest JR station (Nara line) to Fushimi Inari Shrine, Inari, is located about just 2 minutes’ walk to the shrine.

The followings are the details.

3-1  By Walk + JR (Sagano line) : From Nijo Castle to Kyoto Sta.

1. Turn Right on the Corner of the Castle.

When you get out of the main gate of the Castle, please walk to the right direction.

Then, turn right on the corner of the castle.

2. Keep Walking along the Stone Wall of the Castle, and Turn left befor Overpass.

Along with the stone wall of the Castle, keep walking straight in 10 minutes, and before the overpass (JR line), please turn left.

3. At Next Intersection, Turn Right, then you come to JR Nijo Station.

At the next intersection, turn right.

Then, you can see JR Nijo station in front of you.

4. Take Trains departing from Track No.1.

Please ride on any type of trains (local or rapid), departing from track No.1 (bound for Kyoto Station) at Nijo station.

6. Change Trains at Kyoto Station

In 7 minutes by local trains, trains arrive at Kyoto station (by rapid train, taking 4 minutes).

Kyoto station is the last stop, so it’s easy when get off.

3-2  How to Transfer at Kyoto Station (From Sagano line to Nara line)

Trains from Nijo arrive at Kyoto station track No.31, 32 or 33 (Sagano line).

Then, trains for Fushimi-Inari Shrine depart from track No.8, 9 or 10 (Nara linte).

JR Kyoto station is huge, it takes at least 5 minute to change trains form Sagano line to Nara line.

The followings show the recommended way.

1. After getting off, Head for the Overpass ahead.

When you get off trains, please head for forward direction, following the “Nara line” track sign.

Go up the escalator on your right, then you come to the overpass.

2. Walk on the Overpass

Walk on the overpass until you come to the platform No.8 and 9.

3. Go down stairs or escalator

At the platform No.8 and 9 on the overpass, go down stairs or escalator, then you come to the platform of JR Nara line.

You can also go to track No.10 from there.

3-3  By JR (Nara line) : From Kyoto Sta. to Fushimi Inari Shrine

Local and Rapid type trains also run on the JR Nara line.

Usually only local trains stop Inari Station. (on peak season such as New Year holidays, cherry blossom or autumn leaves, Rapid train sometimes may stop Inari station)

1. Take local Trains on JR Nara line

For Fushimi-Inari Shrine, take local trains departing from track No.8, 9 or 10.
The local trains are usually operated about 4 times per hour.

2. Get off at Inari Sta., the 2nd station from Kyoto Sta.

In 5 minutes’ ride, trains arrive at Inari station.

At Inari station, please head for the exit located the center of the platform (No.2) where you just get off.

3. Head for the Torii Gate on your left.

After getting out of the Inari Station, walk torward the Torii gate on your left.

Fushimi Inari shrine is just in fron of you.


4. Through the Approach, You Come to the Main Gate of Fushimi-Inari Shrine

Walk on the approach, soon, you come to the main gate of Fushimi Inari Shrine.

 From the station, it takes 3 minutes’ walk to the main shrine (hall), and about 7 minutes’ walk to the most popular place called “Senbon Torii” in Japanese, meaning thousands of Torii gates in English.


4. Fushimi Inari Shrine Information 

 Opening Hours

  Open 24 Hours

 Admission Fee 

  just visitting is for free

 Best time to visit 

  Anytime you want to visit !

 Other Information 

  Relatively not crowded in the early morning